José María Díaz Nafría
Science of Information Institute, Washington, U.S.A; Universidad de León, Spain
Francisco Salto Alemany
Universidad de León, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, León, Spain
Science of Information, General Theory of Information, information content, information measure, information ethics, philosophy of information, information technologies
A trans-disciplinary frame is proposed, aimed at addressing the very understanding of information in all its variety. It aims at unifying perspectives and integrating techniques from different fields of knowledge and practice, searching for the most overarching account of information phenomena, a better formalization of real processes and a global stance towards problems concerning information. Such research frame might try to answer: Which are the basic distinct accounts of infor-mation to be applied in fields from telecommunication to philosophy, from biology to documentation, from logic to quantum physics? Which are the minimum primitive concepts that may cover all of them? Is a unified theory feasible? Could a better information measure be found? Could the societal and practical interest be better preserved in an integrated perspective of information? The methodological proposal aims at opening a space for the interweaving of different scientific frameworks (characterized by specific paradigms and methodologies) to delve into the very landscape of information, searching for a transdisciplinary treatment of theoretical, technical and practical problems concerning information. It is based on an already active interdisci-plinary International community and a critical mass of research groups at the global level. By means of bridging these com-munities, a new transdisciplinary science of information might emerge as an integrated framework in which information will be considered in all its formal, natural, cognitive, social, technical, ethical and philosophical aspects.
José María Díaz Nafría, Science of Information Institute, Washington, U.S.A; Universidad de León, Spain
Obtained a M.Sc. in telecommunication engineering from the Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao, Spain, and received his PhD in telecommunication engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with a dissertation on ";;Contributions to the electromagnetic inverse problem";;. He was also awarded with a M.A. in Philosophy by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). He is currently visiting professor at the University of León, and part of the board of directors of the Science of Information Institute, where he is also scientific advisor. He is co-founder and co-director of the research group BITrum for an Interdisciplinary Elucidation of the Information Concept (http://en.bitrum.unileon.es), as well as mem-bers of several international scientific societies in the field of information theories. He was research fellow at the Vienna University of Technology and at the Technical University of Madrid. He also served as professor at the University Alfonso X el Sabio in Madrid between 1997 and 2009. He has been visiting lecturer at the Uni-versity of Furtwangen, Sankt Pölten University of Applied Sciences and University of Salzburg. Co-director of the “First International Meeting of Experts in Information Theories” (León, Spain, 2008) and the “Colloquium BITae” (León, Spain, 2009) currently coordinates an interdisciplinary research group meted around the BITrum project (Elucidation of the informa-tion concept) and co-edits with F. Salto and M. Pérez-Montoro the Glossarium BITri: glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information (Universidad de León, 2010) , where he authors several articles.
Francisco Salto Alemany, Universidad de León, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, León, Spain
(Graduate in Philosophy and PhD, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain) is Professor of Logic at the Universidad de León (Spain) since 2002, Lecturer at the Institute for Logic, Cognition, Language and Information (University of Basque Country), co-founder and co-director of the research group BITrum for an Interdisciplinary Elucidation of the Information Concept (http://en.bitrum.unileon.es); Fellow and co-founder of the Research Group in Philosophical Logic at the University of Sala-manca; Member of the Humanities Group of the University of León, the Unified Theory of Information Research Group (Austria) and is Scientific Advisor of the Science of Information Institute (Washington). He was Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Salamanca, Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and Scholar at the Ruhruniversität Bochum. His research work in mathematical logic embraces: Logic without Contradiction, Positive Non Classical Negation, Axiomati-zation, Identity, Games and Game Semantics (developing the software system Ithaca), which has been publicized in differ-ent international Journals devoted to Logic. He has also authored several works in philosophy, edited in Theoria, Analecta Husserleana, Phil. Zeitschrift, etc. Dr. Salto co-edits with J.M. Díaz and M. Pérez-Montoro the Glossarium BITri: glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information (Universidad de León, 2010) , where he has authored several articles.
Special Issue: Towards a New Science of Information